Internet Explorer users are a bit at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to useful add-ons for their browser. Sure, there is IE7 Pro which is a fantastic add-on but can you name another addon for Internet Explorer? I'm not using Internet Explorer regularly and one factor that is playing a role is the lack of add-ons that add features to the browser that are not included by default. In addition, I think that the Windows Marketplace, that is the website that stores add-ons for Internet Explorer, is rather complex to navigate. There is no way to display only free add-ons for Microsoft Internet Explorer for example.
Qpedia is an add-on for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 that adds Wikipedia Search to the browser. The feature becomes available after selecting and right-clicking text in Internet Explorer. The new entry Wikipedia is added to that menu and a click on that entry opens a new Internet Explorer window that opens the Wikipedia page that corresponds to the selected text.
There are not any options to configure the add-on properly. There is no way to make the links open in a new tab. The search also uses the English Wikipedia website to search for the phrases. This add-on could be useful to some users who search Wikipedia regularly and use Internet Explorer.
Update: QPedia is also available on Microsoft's Internet Explorer Gallery where it can be added to newer versions of the web browser. There you also find other Wikipedia related addons and options that you can integrate into the browser.
QPedia works in all recent versions of the web browser. I have tested it on a 64-bit version of Windows 7 running Internet Explorer 10. You find the Wikipedia entry in the right click context menu after selecting text in the browser. When you select Wikipedia from the context menu, you are taken to the search results page on the site in a new browser tab.
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